Mid-week newsathon

DMZ · January 24, 2007 at 10:40 am · Filed Under Mariners 

From the Everett Herald:
Reliever Mark Lowe says his surgically repaired elbow is responding to surgery

:Starter Felix Hernandez is in ‘amazing shape’ after an offseason of working out

Yeah, if you put enough dip on a chip, it’s really a struggle to get it to your mouth… wait, what?

“You should see Felix,” relief pitcher J.J. Putz said Tuesday during the Mariners Caravan stop in Granite Falls. “He’s in amazing shape. I think he’s down to 175 pounds.”

That part is an exaggeration; Hernandez was listed in last year’s media guide as being 6-foot-3 and 230 pounds.

It was clear to Mariners personnel when Hernandez arrived from his home in Venezuela on Monday that he has taken this offseason seriously.

“He’s in great shape,” trainer Rick Griffin said. “He’ll walk into the room tomorrow and you’ll see.”

That’s potentially huge, season-changing news. Possibly franchise-changing. If Felix is going to take conditioning seriously, it’s going to help him stay healthy, first, but I’d also like to hope that he’s going to put that kind of energy into preparation through the season. One of the biggest fears has been that as an immensely talented kid, it’d be easy for him to check out and still put up decent lines – and to be distracted by off-field temptations until it cost him. If he’s entirely ready to sacrifice a good portion of his time off to keep in shape, that’s a great sign. The M’s can’t compete without a healthy, effective Hernandez.


70 Responses to “Mid-week newsathon”

  1. colm on January 24th, 2007 11:57 pm

    Mind you, if he failed like Garrincha failed in all those world cups with Brazil, I’d take it.

  2. vj on January 25th, 2007 12:44 am

    On the statement that this news might be season-changing:
    Let’s assume Felix cuts down his ERA by one third to around 3. That would mean that instead of 96 earned runs in 191 innings he’d give up about 60-65 in ~200 innings. How much would that be worth in the standings? IIRC, a ten run improvement on either side of the ledger is worth about 1 win so that this scenario improves the team by 3-4 wins. That would be great contribution from one player but still, quite a few other things would need to go right to make it to the playoffs.

  3. msb on January 25th, 2007 6:58 am

    sigh. Sandmeyer just declared that last year was the Mariners fault because they kept Felix from pitching in the WBC, so he sat home eating. of course, he also seemed to be under the impression that the only difference between this year and last was that Felix actually began exercising. Does he still do the Mariner post-game shows? Nice to know he’s keeping the public well informed.

  4. Evan on January 25th, 2007 11:21 am

    He still thinks they need pitching depth, and that if they were to go get someone else, it would likely be more of a 200+ IP, .500 kind of pitcher, just to carry the 5th spot.

    Thanks for reminding me how much I wanted Lilly. I think he would have been great in Safeco.

  5. lokiforever on January 25th, 2007 11:40 am

    From the world of NFL footbal – Ryan Leaf. Self Destruction mentally, physically, emotionally. It was all about the signing bonus, and nothing after.

    So I’m glad to see Felix with some discipline and appreciation for a work ethic.

  6. msb on January 25th, 2007 12:54 pm

    I love revisionist history. Seth Everett is claiming that Griffey could see that the M’s weren’t going to win and so he asked to go closer to home. Of course, he also thinks that the Mariners are spinning it that Felix wasn’t out of shape last year. Hopefully Corey Brock, due on soon, can clear a few things up for him.

  7. Thom Jimsen on January 25th, 2007 2:21 pm

    My question remains: Were Felix’s struggles in 2006 more about his conditioning or more about the Mariners trying to force an ill-suited pitching template upon him?

  8. frenchonion on January 25th, 2007 3:17 pm


    “My father’s doctor told you (that) you had a brain cloud…and you *believed* him??”

  9. Mat on January 25th, 2007 3:19 pm

    Right idea, wrong Weaver.

    Apparently, the STL-Dispatch isn’t the only source that thinks the Mariners might be in on Jeff Weaver. From Ken Rosenthal:

    In a blow to the World Series champion Cardinals, the Mariners have emerged as the front-runners for free-agent right-hander Jeff Weaver, FOXSports.com has learned.

    Weaver, 31, is deciding whether to push for a one-year deal or a longer contract, according to a source close to the negotiations. An agreement could be reached as soon as Thursday night.

    Weaver’s far from ideal, but for the right price, I could see acquiring him making some sense.

  10. VaBeachMarinersFan on January 25th, 2007 5:43 pm

    #58 Nice “Joe Vs. The Volcano” reference.

    I see we signed Arthur Rhodes to a minor league contract.

    #56 Ah, revisionist history. Was he wearing rose colored glasses?

  11. msb on January 25th, 2007 5:46 pm

    what? the return of Arthur Lee doesn’t merit a thread?

  12. msb on January 25th, 2007 5:48 pm

    #60– rose-colored? no– he was pretty down on everthing mariner, past present & future.

  13. VaBeachMarinersFan on January 25th, 2007 5:50 pm

    #62 Ah, so the glasses had a brownish hue then.

    I wonder which spot Arthur would take?

  14. msb on January 25th, 2007 5:53 pm

    Hickey’s put this up on his blog:
    “Mariners closing in on Weaver
    Denied a chance to get right-handed starter Brian Lawrence on the cheap last week, the Mariners closing in on a deal that would bring Jeff Weaver to the club.

    Sources say that the Cardinals are bowing out of the competition

    Weaver, one of the heroes of the St. Louis Cardinals’ World Series championship in October, is represented by agent Scott Boras, so the asking price is bound to be high. although not nearly so high as the $8.325 million he made last year.

    Weaver pitched himself out of the rotation in Anaheim last year (3-10 in 16 starts), but he went to the Cardinals, was 5-4 down the stretch, then went 3-2 in the post-season, including eight innings om Game 5 when St. Louis clinched the World Series. “

  15. msb on January 25th, 2007 6:25 pm

    you know, Bavasi said yesterday that he was looking for a 200IP, .500 pitcher– if they can pay Weaver comensurate with that …

  16. msb on January 25th, 2007 6:34 pm

    MSNBC — “The Mariners are also reportedly interested in left-hander Mark Redman, who was an All-Star with the Royals last season. Seattle, however, prefers Weaver.”

  17. Josh on January 25th, 2007 7:03 pm

    I love revisionist history. Seth Everett is claiming that Griffey could see that the M’s weren’t going to win and so he asked to go closer to home.

    I’d be pretty peeved over that claim if I were Griffey. They only won a measily 393 games in the next four seasons after he left. So yeah, he could see that they weren’t going to win and… oh, wait.

  18. bakomariner on January 25th, 2007 7:36 pm

    rhodes has the invite to camp, but what about the invite to aaron small? he was lights out in 2005 (10-0) but terrible last year…does he have a shot at making the club? and would weaver/redman be better than baek?

  19. LB on January 25th, 2007 7:49 pm

    but what about the invite to aaron small? he was lights out in 2005 (10-0) but terrible last year…

    10-0, and he started 9 games. What does that tell you?

    Do you think he’ll be bringing the NYY lineup to Seattle within him?

  20. Goose on January 25th, 2007 8:25 pm

    Aaron Small was not lights out in 2005. He was far from it. He was no different that he is now.

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